29 year-old Ashley Massengill wears high-heels once in a while. She eventually ditched her heels years back when she claimed her shoes would cause her a great deal of foot pain. “The way my feet were shaped, I couldn't even fit my foot in them,” Massengill said. Unfortunately, Massengill had inherited a predisposition for bunions: which the big toe pushes in toward the other toes and forces the joint in the opposite direction. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Boone, the height and narrowness point of shoes can make bunions develop faster. Since Massengill’s surgery, she has left her rounded-toe flats at home.
Bunions themselves are a common problem women face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Jack Gorman of Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Dr. Gorman can examine your bunions, diagnose the condition, and provide the appropriate treatment options to you.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
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A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our Newtown office if you notice the following symptoms:
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
Jack B Gorman DPM recommends the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. Jack B Gorman DPM can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.